Time for some testing and we're testing it on our Intel i7 920 system. The following are the specifications on our test-rig.
Our Intel Socket 1366 rig.
- Intel Core i7 920 Quad Processor @ 2,67GHz 8MB
- Gigabyte GA-EX58-UD5, X58
- GeForce GTX 295, 1792MB
- 6 GB Corsair XMS3 DDR3 1333MHz CL9
- 1x Western Digital WD6401AALS 650GB 7200rpm 32MB SATA2
- Windows 7 Ultimate, 64-bit
EXT means that we've used an external temperature probe, INT means we've read the values from the internal probe, that is inside the CPU itself, in this review with a program called Everest from a company called Lavalys.
Finally EXT NB means that we've taken an external probe and put it on the north-bridge on our motherboard to see the changes there. With water-cooling this changes as the natural airflow changes, however with air-cooling this shouldn't change too much depending on the CPU cooler of course. We started measuring the north-bridge chip earlier to have another reference point, so we're just continuing on the trend.
EXT temperatures are the ones that you can feel with your fingers and is therefore more easy to understand. How correct the internal probes are, I don't know, but I've included both figures just for comparison with other coolers in future reviews.
As we can see in the temperature table the Xigmatek Aegir runs cooler with both one and two fans than our previous tests on the Intel Core i7 test-rig. It also manages to throw some extra air down toward the north-bridge chip which apparently helps cooling it a few degrees cooler than with the stock CPU cooler.
I believe this is a very satisfying result, but it can also be because of the different routing of heat-pipes or the larger heatsink. Time will, hopefully, tell as we're going to handle two more Xigmatek coolers in the coming days.
Next up we have our conclusion.